Food critic William Sitwell, who has appeared on TV’s Masterchef, will officially open Towcester Food Festival.
The self-confessed foodie will also tour stalls at the two-day event in June before taking part in a 45-minute question and answer session with BBC journalist Mark Lawson.
William, who lives in Plumpton, near Weedon Lois, will also give a talk entitled Foodie History: 4,000 years of food in 3,000 seconds which taps into his food historian roots and includes vignettes from his latest book A History of Food in 100 Recipes.
He said: “I’m delighted to be doing my bit for the festival. Any event that encourages local food culture should be a cause for celebration.”
Visitors will also be able to go home with a bottle of William’s own cider, 3Cs, which he makes with two friends.
Crispin Slee, festival director, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that William and Mark are taking part. They are Goliaths in their respective fields, highly celebrated and multi-award winning, so the Q&A promises to be a lively and fascinating exchange.”
The festival, held for the first time this year, will take place on June 7 and 8 at Towcester Racecourse. It is expected around 5,000 people will visit to browse 70 artisan food and drink stalls, street food vendors, chef demos, food workshops, crafts and live entertainment.